There isn’t a lot of zany comedy in science fiction and fantasy… and with the loss of Douglas Adams and Terry Pratchett, it sometimes seems there’s a distinct lack of comedy, period. Maybe that’s why I was so intrigued by the Ever-Expanding Universe trilogy from the writing team of Martin Leicht and Isla Neal, which follows the misadventures of pregnant teen Elvie Nara, who discovers her baby is a pawn in the convoluted schemes of the alien Almiri as they attempt to repopulate their species. Comedy is a rare thing in SF, and comedy about motherhood (especially one that opens with the main character shipped off to a School for Expecting Teen Mothers) is doubly so.
Publishers Weekly praised the opening volume, Mothership, for its “fast-paced action, laugh-out-loud moments, and memorable characters… a whole lot of fun.” It was published last month by Saga Press, and the next two volumes follow in short order in February and March.
Mothership (336 pages, January 26, 2016)
A Stranger Thing (304 pages, February 23, 2016)
The World Forgot (288 pages, March 29, 2016)
All three books are mass market paperbacks, priced at $7.99 in paperback and $6.99 for the digital versions. Get more details and read an excerpt at the Saga Press website.